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Relay for Life will keep working to meet goal

<p><strong>Relay for Life:</strong> Participants circle the Paris High School gymnasium’s basketball court during the Relay for Life event which took place Friday and Saturday.</p>

Relay for Life: Participants circle the Paris High School gymnasium’s basketball court during the Relay for Life event which took place Friday and Saturday.

The North Logan County American Cancer Society Unit’s Relay for Life fund raiser took place Friday and Saturday. After the event, the organization still has some work to do to reach its goal of raising $35,000.

After the event, which took place inside the gymnasium on the campus of Paris High School, Kecia Schluterman, chairperson for this year’s campaign, said $22,000 has been raised so far.

“Our fund raising year doesn’t end until August, so we’re going to keep raising money,” Schluterman said. “We’ll probably have a few more fund raisers to reach our goal.”

This year’s goal is $35,000, up from the $34,000 raised last year. This year’s relay had six registered teams and there were 12 last year, Schluterman said. She also said corporate sponsorships increased this year.

The 15th annual Relay for Life kicked off at 5:30 p.m. last Friday and ended at 7 a.m. last Saturday. Events conducted Friday night included the annual Survivor’s Dinner, the relay and a luminary service which began at 9 p.m.

“It was a really good night,” Schluterman said. “Everybody’s tired because it was a very busy day, but it’s worth it.”

Some teams also conducted fund raising activities during the relay and luminaries — honoring those who survived their fight with cancer or in memory of cancer victims — were sold right up until the luminary service began.

“We raised $1,800 that night,” Schluterman said. “That’s wonderful. We had a lot of people at the survivor dinner and that was great. That’s what it’s all about, honoring our survivors and remembering those we’ve lost.”

Teams registered for the event have been raising funds all year.

As of now, the top fund raising team for the year is a team representing Paris Elementary School. The team has raised $5,000. The team raised the most money last year, too.

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